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August and everything is becoming socially distanced

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

August and everything is becoming socially distanced. How easy is it to maintain social distancing whilst travelling in your own motorhome? Surprisingly easy, with almost all fellow campers being respectful to each other whilst on campsites. For further peace of mind, making use of your motorhomes own facilities there is no need to enter the more likely pinch points of the on-site facilities.

Keeping the context of remaining socially distanced whilst travelling in your own motorhome, GB Motorhome Tours have been working on some new tours for this September, with everything arranged to make social distancing both possible and easy. Two new tours have been introduced.

•    Austrian Alps and along the Danube tour – Travel through the amazing scenery of the Austrian Alps including crossing the Grossglockner High Alpine route. From the Alps the tour picks up the River Danube and follows this all the way back to its source in southern Germany.

•    UK Flamingos to Fossils tour – Enjoy a tour in the south of the UK. Travel from the Gloucestershire banks of the River Severn, along the North Somerset/Devon Coast, to cross Exmoor and arrive on the Jurassic South Coast. All socially distanced and travelled in your own motorhome.

Both tours have proved popular since being introduced a week ago. The Austrian Alps and along the Danube tour has now just one place remaining. If you would like to book this, please do so via the booking form on the GB Motorhome Tours website.
The UK Flamingos to Fossils tour is now fully booked. There is a reserve list available, if you would like to be added to this please email us.

Also socially distanced was the re-arranged Peterborough Motorhome Show, which took place over the weekend of 31 July – 2 August. Pleasingly, the event went very well, again with everyone attending seeming to be respectful to others in keeping a sensible distance. With everything being held outdoors at this years shows, this aids to social distancing. The Peterborough show was far bigger than being anticipated, with support from all sectors of the motorhome industry being on display. From large dealers having motorhomes to view, to accessary stands covering all aspects of motorhoming, to stalls of a more general nature. GB Motorhome tours was pleased to support the show, where it was great to catch up with existing customers and new people who wish to travel with us in their motorhomes.

GB Motorhome Tours is also supporting the Malvern Motorhome Show over this weekend (14 – 16 August) with our stand being at number 25A. Do come along and see us. Day entry is free of charge with free parking included. To register for a day ticket, click on the logo below. Camping for the weekend (£30) may also still be available, again click on the logo below for up to date information on this.

In these continuing changeable times it is good to once again be out travelling in our motorhomes. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

The GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

July and it is again possible to tour in our motorhomes

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

July and it is again possible to tour in our motorhomes. UK campsites are back open and tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin Griffiths have been out and about travelling along the North Devon coast. Their experiences are they were certainly not alone in taking advantage of the reduced restrictions, with many campsites visited being close to full, particularly over the weekends. Whilst not everything is back to normal and individual care must still be taken seriously, travelling in one’s own motorhome is about the safest form of touring in these current circumstances, particularly when using your motorhomes on-board facilities rather than the campsite blocks.

UK Camping 15/07/2020

Continental travel restrictions are also being reduced making foreign travel once again possible. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for British citizens is no longer ‘against all but essential travel’ for over 50 listed countries of which almost all European countries are included. Additionally, returning from any of these countries does not require quarantine upon arriving back in the UK. GB Motorhome Tours is hopeful this will allow for some touring to take place throughout the Autumn, albeit changes will be required to the format of tours and maybe also the destinations possible to reach. Tours will need to fit with both UK and local regulations and most importantly, maintain social distancing for all participants. Information is starting to become available of how the summer season is progressing across Europe and this is beginning to provide a good basis for making tour decisions. Those who have bookings for this September tours received an update email a couple of weeks ago and final decisions on these tours are expected to be taken soon. Regarding these tours it has already been decided that those with bookings for September will be left to make their own decision if travel at this time is right for them. If they prefer to defer joining a tour they may switch their booking to a later date with deposits being moved in full. GB Motorhome Tours feel it is important, that in the current situation individuals are able to make their own choices without any pressure of suffering a financial penalty for not travelling.

Throughout the UK at this time of year the big outdoor motorhome shows are usually taking place. Unfortunately, the Norfolk show planned for the end of July at the Norwich showground is now cancelled. However, some better news is the Peterborough (re-arranged from spring) and Malvern events will take place. The exhibition areas and camping at the showgrounds will be available for 3 days, albeit the usual bars and evening entertainment will not be a feature for this year. All exhibitors will be located outdoors and spaciously positioned to allow for social distancing, visitors should be able to feel comfortable attending.

GB Motorhome Tours wish to support these events and will be at the Peterborough show for the 3 days (Friday 31/07 – Sunday 02/08/2020). Do come along and see us where a number of our Tour Directors will be in attendance to chat to, our stand is number 72.

The Malvern event (Friday 14/08 – Sunday 16/08/2020) has only just been confirmed, GB Motorhome Tours are yet to finalise arrangements for this but are hoping to attend.

Entry to both events is free for day visitor (pre-registration required, click on the images above for this) and £30 for 3 nights camping (bookable in advance, again click on the above images to arrange this).

In these continuing changeable times it is good that motorhome travel is once again possible, with the opportunity of spending time outdoors with like-minded people. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

June and motorhome days out are now possible

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

June and whilst it’s not yet permitted to spend nights away from home in our motorhomes it is now possible to use them for days out. For our Tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin Griffiths a favourite day trip spot for them is Burghley House. Set in a large rural area near to the lovely town of Stamford, Burghley House offers lots of good parking with the ability to picnic next to your motorhome.  Whilst the facilities of Burghley House (restaurant, café & toilets) remain closed the extensive grounds are fully open, with plenty of walks available including in to Stamford town centre.

Burghley House June 2020

In planning a motorhome day out give thought to where and on what day you will travel. Avoiding weekends makes everywhere quieter and more relaxed, also ensure there is ideal motorhome parking available at your destination. Prepare the motorhome prior to leaving for the day; add water to the freshwater tank, pack the required food for the day and most importantly have the motorhome toilet ready for use. There are very few (if any) public toilets open, but the advantage of taking the motorhome out for a day trip is to be totally self-sufficient. A day out with the motorhome is not only beneficial for you but also good for the van, giving it a drive and through using it, checking everything remains in good working order ready for your next holiday.

The next GB Motorhome Tours are now the Autumn trips; all tours prior to the summer have unfortunately had to be cancelled. All those with pre-summer bookings have been fully refunded or had their bookings transferred to alternative tours. For the Autumn tours we remain positive and hopeful these can all proceed. The situation across Europe is being monitored and with Europe opening up for a summer season GB Motorhome Tours is watching developments very closely. Regular contact is also maintained with all our European suppliers to obtain first-hand information from them. With access to this and in seeing how the summer season progresses, quality information will be available to base decisions on for each of the Autumn tours. Email updates will be sent to all those with bookings prior to any balance payments becoming due.

Looking a little further ahead, thought is now also being given to the winter months. Two tours are already in place covering December and the New Year period. Take a look at the Magical Amsterdam Christmas Lights tour for a wonderful pre-Christmas get away and the Switzerland for New Year tour for a memorable way to welcome in 2021 and to start the New Year. For January onwards, and an alternatively to winter holidaying, motorhomers wanting to escape the cold have for many years been joining our Canary Islands tour. This trip offers 10 weeks of touring in summer like conditions from January to March. Located approximately 800 miles further south than Spain, there really is nowhere else in Europe that such good weather can be found at this time of year other than the Canary Islands. Whilst this tour was not scheduled to feature in our programme for this coming winter, with the amount of touring time everyone has lost this spring we are currently working on the possibility of arranging a variation of the Canary Islands tour for next January to March. This new tour is likely to have a ‘lighter touch’ than our usual Canaries tour, with a number of items within the tour being optional, to give a high degree of flexibility for tour participants to choose for themselves how much they would like to join in whilst away. This will also enable those having previously completed the tour to again enjoy the key elements of touring in the Canaries over the winter, most notably the good weather and the social company of likeminded motorhomers, whilst choosing how many excursions they would like to join.

If you would like to register your interest in the possibility of a place on a Canary Islands trip for this winter, send us a simple email and this will be done for you. As the tour is finalised you will then be emailed the full details in advance of them being made generally available, giving you first opportunity of reserving a place on the trip should you so wish at that time.

Motorhoming in February on the Canary Islands

Back to current times, as of now (mid-June) the Norfolk outdoor motorhome show remains scheduled to take place. This is planned for the weekend of 24-26 July at the Norwich county showground. GB Motorhome Tours are booked to attend and will do so if the event can go ahead. Information and updates on the show can be obtained by clicking on the logo below at any time.

On from Norfolk GB Motorhome Tours are booked to be at the Peterborough (31 July – 2 August) and Malvern (14 – 16 August) shows and we’ll keep you updated on these in future newsletters.

Whilst touring remains on hold for the time being, we hope it is not too long before we can again be escorting and travelling with you to great places. Until that time keep healthy, enjoy some days out and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

May and the weather remains good

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

May and the UK’s weather remains good for the most part. Whilst being in ‘lockdown’ the dry weather seems to have encouraged many motorhomers to tackle their gardens in a way not seen for many years – usually motorhomers are too busy travelling at this time of year to be doing their own gardens. However, for the majority we are the lucky ones to have this outdoor space to spend time in whilst awaiting when we can next travel.

Whilst there remains no certainty when travel will once again return to normal, there are strong signs across Europe that countries wish to work together to create a condition where travel again becomes possible for this summer. Some of the south Mediterranean countries are planning to open their tourist facilities from June onwards. Croatia and Greece are particularly ahead of others in this, not least helped by having had very low instances of Coronavirus within their own countries. GB Motorhome Tours continues to monitor all aspects of Coronavirus including keeping in regular contact with supplier’s all across Europe to have first-hand information of the local conditions in each country. Without doubt travelling in our own motorhomes will be one of the safest forms of travel for some time to come. For now we must remain patient as developments are monitored for when it will become safe and sensible for us to once again run tours.

All who have tour bookings for this spring have been contacted individually with updates on their tours. For Autumn tours it remains too early to have a clear picture of how things may be at that time. As information becomes available for each of the Autumn tours contact will be made with all tour participants updating them of any developments or changes to their tours. We will be watching very closely the progresses over the summer months to assess any impact these may have on the planned Autumn tours, along with looking at any additional tours we can arrange for later this year.

A number of tours for next year are now on our website and these are all available to make bookings for. Places remaining on some tours are becoming limited with the Cyprus and More tour now fully booked for next year. If there is anything you would like to ask about any of the 2021 tours feel free to email us, we are always happy to answer any questions.

Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis our thoughts have often been with those dealing with the situation first hand and personally. The medical staff, the key workers and those loosing someone close to them. Very sadly, we too, just over a week ago, have lost someone very close to all of us at GB Motorhome Tours, with the passing of Alan Douglas. Being members of our Tour Directors team Chris and Alan Douglas are well known by many motorhomers through leading motorhome tours over many years. They have also become close friends of many customers. Our sincere thoughts are with Chris and her family at this very sad time, whilst we also very deeply feel the loss of a great colleague and friend. Alan was someone who appreciated facilitating others in having fun whilst at the same time also enjoying himself. He was up for most things and would often lead these from the front.

Alan Douglas showing the way

Whilst a photo never lies, sometimes when put together by professional photographers, maybe not all is as it first appears? Alan would not have allowed you to believe anything different however! Thank you to Phillip Lawson and Janet Edwards who provided this photo from their GB tour in Hungary with Chris and Alan. A tribute page to Alan has been added to our website enabling those who would like to say some words to do so. The page can be viewed at any time using the link https://www.gbmotorhometours.com/alandouglas. If you would like to add to the page, please send it in a reply to this email and we’ll include this for you.

Whilst presently not getting your motorhome onto the road as much as normal do take time to start and run the engine for a reasonable period every couple of weeks, this keeps all engine components rotating freely and well lubricated. Also if possible move the motorhome forwards or backwards by half a tyre rotation to change the weight of the van to a different point on the tyres. These measures will help ensure your motorhome is in good shape for when we can all get touring again.

Until that time take good care of yourself.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

April and the UK’s early Spring weather is good

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

April and the UK’s early Spring weather is good. Whilst being in ‘lockdown’ does not allow travel at these times, having lots of spring sunshine at home is very welcome.

Coronavirus continues to dominate and influence all travel plans. GB Motorhome Tours is monitoring the situation very closely, both in general terms and with how this is changing in specific locations across Europe; for the impact it is having on tours due to start soon and the impact it could have on tours for later in the year. The UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is a major source of information in this process, along with information received from our suppliers in all countries across Europe. Email updates are being sent to all customers with tour bookings as information becomes available relating to their tour and these will continue until normal travel is resumed.

All of us at GB Motorhome Tours appreciate how much our motorhome holidays are looked forward to and the disappointment that comes should a tour be cancelled. GB Motorhome Tours has never cancelled a tour previously for any reason, but this is now something that has been taken out of our control. Our Greece 2020 tours would have started this week but for this year have had to be cancelled. Where GB Motorhome Tours are forced to cancel a tour we are all committed to trying to offer alternative holiday options around the same time. For the Greece tour, it is not possible to travel anywhere at present, so the tour has been rearranged for next year. All from this years trip have been offered a place for next year.

Coastal driving on the Greece tours

If you would like to be in Greece at this time next year the Greece 2021 tours are available to view and book on our website. Bookings for all the 2021 tours listed on our website remain open and GB Motorhome Tours will continue to process these for you. Further tours will be added to the 2021 programme as time goes on. Currently capacity is being retained in 2021 to fit in any further tours from 2020 that could have changes forced upon them.

Three weeks ago all tour participants from our winter Canary Islands tour arrived safely back to the UK and have remained well since returning home. Some tour participants reviews from the trip.

‘What can we say it really was a fantastic tour – the group meals superb, all our fellow travellers very kind, Kevin and Nurcan went above all to help us. Thanks to all.’ Brian and Barbara Fletcher – Canary Islands – Jan/Mar 2020

‘We did this trip 4 years ago and we decided to do it again in 2020. It was still excellent. Kevin and Nurcan are the ideal leaders, so well organised. It was a shame the holiday had to be cut short because of Coronavirus but Kevin and Nurcan got us through it. We have lots of wonderful memories, had many laughs and made some very good friends. Can’t wait for the next.’ Wendy & Bob Usher – Canary Islands – Jan/Mar 2020

‘A fantastic tour with a great group of people. The organisation, support and professionalism provided by Kevin and Nurcan throughout the entire tour was exceptional but especially when we had to make a speedy exodus to get home before Gran Canaria was completely locked down. It is difficult to highlight one particular trip as they were all excellent in their own way, but for us the drive over the mountains in Gran Canaria will stay with us for ever.’ Graham & Margaret Smithies – Canary Islands – Jan/Mar 2020

Drive over the mountains in Gran Canaria

On the return journey from the Canary Islands our Tour Directors came across another instance of a new Fiat motorhome having been supplied with an incorrect spare wheel. This is the third time we have seen this so it is worth having a look at yours, also check if you have a Peugeot or Citron based motorhome as they share the same wheels. If your motorhome has the following 16 inch alloy wheels fitted,

the spare wheel is likely to be in steel and needs to be black in colour (with a stud pattern of 5×118 PCD) to fit your motorhome. The ones we are seeing are silver (with a stud pattern 5×130 PCD) and come from the Ducato heavy chassis which has a larger stud spacing pattern (PCD of 130mm compared to the required 118mm). These wheels are not interchangeable and do not fit the alternative chassis. Pictured below are the two so you can see which steel wheel will fit as a spare for the above alloy wheel.

   

Have a check of yours and if it is not correct, speak with your motorhome dealer to get it changed. Do this before you find out the hard way that you have the wrong one when trying to change a roadside puncture. This situation does not affect 15 inch wheels, only those of 16 inch. Further reading on the issue can be found at www.tyremen.co.uk/guide/motorhome-spare-wheel

This weekend would have seen the start of the Peterborough Motorhome Show. Whilst this event cannot  take place, it has been postponed rather than cancelled. The show’s re-arranged dates are 31 July – 2 August and GB Motorhome Tours have retained their stand at the event and will be attending, so do put it in your diary and come along to see us.

In these unprecedented times it is worth remembering that being a tour operator who fully embraces the 1992 Package Tour Regulations all money paid to GB Motorhome Tours is completely protected. This means that should your tour have to be cancelled by GB Motorhome Tours all money paid directly in relation to that tour is fully secured and refundable. Whilst we have no wish to cancel tours it is important to know that should it be necessary your money is safe.

All of us at GB Motorhome Tours remain well and ready to travel again as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime keep yourself well and we’ll look forward to escorting you & your motorhome to many more great places very soon, and for many more years to come.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

March and Coronavirus is very much in the news

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

March and Coronavirus is very much in the news, with it making people think what impact this will have on future travel plans. As a business GB Motorhome Tours is monitoring very closely the Coronavirus situation, in particular how this is developing in countries across Europe for the bearing it will have on tours, both those currently taking place and those due to start shortly. The UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is a major source of information in this process along with information received from our suppliers in all countries across Europe. GB Motorhome Tours remains flexible in its approach to tours and ready to make changes if these are advised or if common sense dictates these would be sensible. The wellbeing of our Customers and our Tour Directors is of the highest priority. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice around Coronavirus for UK citizens can be viewed at any time by clicking on www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.

As the situation of the Coronavirus alters in one country to another, travelling in your own motorhome in the outdoors is likely to be one of the safest forms of travel going forward for some time to come. It could also prove to be amongst the safest ways of spending leisure time over the next few months.

For those currently away in their motorhomes on our Canary Islands tour they are comfortably located on a campsite in Gran Canaria, as Spain starts two weeks of travel restrictions. The strong relationship between GB Motorhome Tours and local campsites is keeping them comfortable along with ensuring all tour participants are supplied with the things they need. Whilst the restrictions are limiting external travel activities they continue to be in warm sunny weather with blue skies each day as they make their own group entertainments.

Camping El Pinillo, Gran Canaria 17/03/2020

The Coronavirus situation is likely to continue to change rapidly and GB motorhome Tours will keep monitoring this for all tours. Those who have tour bookings will receive email updates as information becomes available that could impact upon their tour, the first of these emails has already been sent to all with reservations up to July 2020. If you have any questions relating to tour reservations feel free to email these to us. However please keep in mind, if you are requesting a general update for your tour there will be nothing further we can advise. Immediately as any information is known that affects each tour this will be emailed to all tour participants. GB Motorhome Tours aim is to always offer a safe and enjoyable environment for travel in your own motorhome to many great places, and we will continue to do all we can to achieve this. Should this not prove to be possible for a tour and it has to be cancelled by GB Motorhome Tours (this is not something we will do lightly but will do when it is no longer safe or sensible to continue) then being a tour operator that fully embraces the 1992 Package Tour Regulations all money paid to GB Motorhome Tours is completely protected and will be refunded in full.

The Coronavirus situation in the UK is also fluctuating. Over the next month GB motorhome tours were scheduled to be at two of the early season outdoor motorhome shows. The first of these was to be in Harrogate over the weekend of 20 – 22 March but this event has now been cancelled.

In April we are due to be at the National Motorhome Show in Peterborough, this has also been cancelled but Warner’s are trying to move this to a weekend later in the year.

We hope everyone keeps safe in these changing times and that we are all again very soon making good use of our motorhomes.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

February and motorhomes are already in summer conditions

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

February and motorhomes are already in summer conditions. For those on our winter Canary Islands tour they are enjoying great sunny days and hot temperatures close to 30 degrees. They have so far spent 10 days on Tenerife and are now on the smaller island of La Palma before they return to Tenerife for the start of the Canarian carnival season.

Caravaning Club La Palma, Canary Islands 11/02/2020

A frequently asked question about the Canary Islands tour is how does the weather compare to that of spending the winter in Spain. Len and Eileen Breakwell who are currently on the tour sum this up as “having spent many winters in our motorhome in Spain the weather in the Canary Islands is far better. From first thing in the morning to late evening the weather is warm and dry, it’s a good season ahead of Spain at this time of year.”

If you would like to register your interest in the next available Canary Islands tour and to receive the itinerary in advance of it being made generally available send us an email requesting this.

Back at home next month is the start of the Warners outdoor show season with the Yorkshire Motorhome Show taking place in Harrogate over the weekend of 20 – 22 March. GB Motorhome Tours are supporting the event and exhibiting at the show (stand number 97a) so do come along where some of our Tour Directors will be on hand to answer questions and advise on all aspects of our tours, including the new ones for 2021.

Whilst travelling abroad and paying for items we are often asked which company GB Motorhome Tours uses for foreign currency exchanges. GB Motorhome Tours use a company called ‘Caxton fx’ for euro and other currency transactions, and pay mostly via Caxtons pre-paid cards that can be used as a normal debit card for purchases or in ATM machines worldwide to obtain cash. Caxton have always offered an efficient service linked with competitive exchange rates to GB Motorhome Tours and are now offering customers of GB Motorhome Tours the same facilities. To explore their offer click on the link www.caxtonfx.com/GBMT

Sunrise at ‘Vega-Norte’ winery, La Palma, Canary Islands 05/02/2020 

We look forward to soon escorting you and your motorhome to great places

Kindest regards,
Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

January and there are many great 2020 motorhome travels to look forward to

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

As we enter the New Year we look forward to many great motorhome travels throughout 2020. Our 2020 tour programme has already began with those on the Canary Islands tour making their way to southern Spain ready for the ferry to Tenerife next week. In the Canary Islands they can expect to find plenty of sunshine and already those on the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package are beginning to experience nice days as they cross central Spain.

Camping Burgos, central Spain 17/01/2020

For a getaway to warm climates later this year take a look at our

  • June Delightful Denmark tour with visits to Tonder, Ribe, Jesperhus, Aarhus, Odense, Roskilde and Copenhagen all included.
  • June Italy Down to the Heel tour covering the northern lakes all the way to the south with stops at Milan, Pisa and Rome en-route.
  • June/July Rhine in Flames Spectacular for a shorter tour of fireworks and romance along the river Rhine.
  • September/October Sicily tour combining the history of 2,500 years of mixed rule on this wonderful island with warm Mediterranean coastal visits.

The above tours can be viewed by clicking on the tour name and booked on our website.

Looking beyond 2020 we are finalising our spring 2021 tours and those to Greece, Turkey, Poland and the Baltic States will soon be available on our website. Many tours do become fully booked so as you decide which tour(s) you would like to join it’s better to make a reservation at that point. Tours for later next year will be added to the website over the next couple of months including tours in France, Germany, Croatia, Norway, Austria and Cyprus.

Remember all our tours are a lot more than just us booking campsites for you; they all include group excursions with transport, a number of group meals, services of our Tour Directors travelling with the tour in their own motorhome, full printed tour information pack, all GPS co-ordinates for your Sat Nav and of course all the campsite are pre booked for you. Additionally, complete flexibility for you to decide to meet us at the start of the tour (which will be in/near the country of destination) or to have everything arranged for you all the way from the UK by including the ‘optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package’. Within this package are included additional campsite nights between the UK and the start of the tour, your fully flexible return cross channel ferry with entry to the ships Club Lounge and the services of our Tour Directors travelling with you from the UK.

Where will your travels take you?

Wherever you choose to travel Brexit is looking very likely to start to take effect on 31/01/2020. In response to this many UK motorhome insurers are now advising those who will be out of the UK with their motorhome after this date to obtain a ‘Green Card’ from them. If you are to be away after 31/01/2020 it could be worth checking if your insurers wish for you to have a ‘Green Card’ with you and ask them to issue one accordingly.

We look forward to travelling with you throughout 2020 and beyond. If there is anything you wish to ask about any tours feel free to contact us at any stage, we are always happy to answer questions.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

December and motorhomes are still touring

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,
With the festive season fast approaching all of us at GB Motorhome Tours wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2020. Thank you for travelling with us during 2019 where throughout the year 18 different countries have been visited on motorhome tours. From Norway in the north to the Canary Islands and Greece in the south, from Portugal in the west across to Estonia in the east, and in-between – France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. For next year we add to this list, with tours to Turkey, Sicily and the Balkans – click on the tour name to view their itineraries.

Our last tour for 2019 finished this week with guests returning from the French Christmas Extravaganza; featuring 4 nights in Paris including a Champagne evening at the Moulin Rouge, 2 nights for the ‘Habits de Lumiere’ festival in Epernay at the heart of the Champagne region and a ‘farewell evening’ at Chateau Cocove.

Motorhoming in Epernay, France – December 2019

‘Thank you for an excellent tour, it was everything we had hoped for and come to expect from GB Motorhome Tours.’ Clive & Sue Swift – Christmas Extravaganza – Dec 2019

‘Thank you Chris and Alan for another excellent tour all perfectly organised as usual. We enjoyed it very much and look forward to travelling with GB Motorhome Tours again.’ Lavinia & Mike George – Christmas Extravaganza – Dec 2019

Next years festive season tour includes visits to Bruges in Belgium, Valkenburg in Holland and Aachen in Germany; all part of the Magical Christmas Markets 2020 tour. Full tour details are available by clicking on the tour name and bookings for this trip can now be made on our website.

Our website has recently had a photos page added, where we are displaying pictures showing some of the great places that have been reached by motorhomes whilst on GB motorhome tours. Click here to view this new content and if you have tour photos featuring motorhomes you would like to have considered for inclusion, please email them to us as we would love to receive these.

Over the Christmas period, outside of the bank holidays, our office will be open to answer any questions or assist with any tour reservations you wish to make, so feel free to contact us by email or telephone. With a number of our 2020 tours becoming fully booked the festive season could be a good time to make plans for next year’s holidays, and for those holding loyalty discount vouchers from this year’s tours remember these are valid for reservation made up to 31/12/2019.

One of our available tours and a great spring getaway for next year is the Delightful Denmark tour throughout June. Spending 19 nights in Denmark this tour takes in Tønder Denmark’s oldest Market town, the art inspired town of Ribe, Aarhus Denmark’s second largest city & European 2017 Capital of Culture, Hans Christian Anderson’s town of Odense and Denmark’s capital city & number one tourist destination Copenhagen. Full tour details are available by clicking on Delightful Denmark Tour Itinerary.

Before we get to spring, remember throughout the damper winter months motorhome manufacturers recommend owners remove cushions and bedding from their vans and store these indoors for dryness. Often the practicality of doing this is not easy, so a simpler alternative can be to periodically run a de-humidifier inside the motorhome to keep moisture levels low. Also doing this for 24 hours before taking your motorhome on a winter trip can be particularly beneficial, ensuring you set out in a cosy dry van.

Have a great festive season and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

November and it’s possible to be motorhoming in warm sunny weather

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

November and it’s possible to still be motorhoming in warm sunny weather. Whilst the weather for motorhoming in the UK has been challenging of late, our Tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin Griffiths have been enjoying lots of warm sunny days as they finalise the research for a completely new tour of Cyprus in 2021. Being the Mediterranean’s eastern most island Cyprus enjoys a near perfect autumn climate, throughout October and well into November little rain is experienced leaving clear blue skies and temperatures in the high 20’s. If you fancy this tour and would like to receive an advance copy of the itinerary, along with having first opportunity of reserving a tour place, send us an email and we will pre-register your interest.

Motorhoming in Cyprus – November 2019

Another and earlier opportunity to escape the cold, whilst enjoying motorhoming in near perfect weather is to join this winters tour to the Canary Islands. Starting in southern Spain on 20 January 2020 (or from the UK on 13 January) it offers 70 nights of warm touring through Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and Gran Canaria. Click here for the full Canary Islands Tour Itinerary and to book the tour visit the GB Motorhome Tours website.

Motorhoming in Tenerife – February 2019

Recent tour participants Mike & Penny Summers wrote a poem of their Swiss Magic 2019 trip, summing up their experiences.

Lucerne was our start, on a hot summer’s day
The GB Tour has arrived, the locals did say.
Some all in a group, from Kent they did come
Others arrived from all points of the sun.
Drinks & nibbles hosted by Alan and Chris
All sitting & chatting about that, & of course, this.

A boat on the lake & a cog railway so tall
Sandy convinced it would topple over & fall.
Up on Pilatus views of many mountains afar
All of us dreading the descent by cable car.
But after a meal & a glass of the best
We all got back safe, completed the first test.

On a bright sunny day we all walked to a train
Up into the hills, steep funicular again.
But today had a twist & additional frights
For those that thought they had no head for heights.
A little toy train along steep mountain edge
The grand Essom Dam & it’s Café on a ledge.

A choice of routes, mountain top or motorway
To the loveliest village in Switzerland some say:
Lauterbrunnen, so pretty & such a welcoming site
With drinks & nibbles in soft evening light.
Just one small snag, not terribly handy
We were all full of snacks & booze thanks to David & Sandy!

Some made it to Schilthorn & James Bond was the theme
No snow but three-sixty degrees of mountains were see.
The Martini’s were shaken, not stirred, up so high
But an international incident, oh my, oh my:
All Mick did was move tables to the rotating bit
Less than one degree round & the waiter had a fit!

But despite all the fun & the laughs along the way
Now the tour is over, we are all sorry to say.
Tomorrow we split up & eventually reach home
But memories live on until we once again roam.
Most important of all, & a message not to miss
Is our hearty thanks to both Alan & Chris.

Every motorhome has a gas connection and over the last few years the use of LPG refillable bottles/tank has become increasingly popular with motorhomers in place of using conventional ‘Calor’ style exchange cylinders. Additionally a number of motorhome manufacturers, particularly van converters, are now installing LPG tanks as part of their standard build. Using refillable LPG over traditional exchange cylinders gives the convenience of being able to fill up with gas at petrol stations all across Europe, as well as in the UK, and it works out far cheaper than exchanging cylinders. An excellent website for locating LPG stations in all countries is www.mylpg.eu, where full address details of the station are available including GPS co-ordinates for your Sat. Nav.

Enjoy your winter motorhoming and we look forward to escorting you to great places in the sun soon.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057